Crime

Lexington man sentenced in voyeurism, burglary case

Terry Grossman
Terry Grossman

A former Lexington businessman accused of recording nude images of University of Kentucky students without their permission was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday.

Terry Alan Grossman, owner of the now-defunct Mad Hatter hat shop, was sentenced in Fayette Circuit Court to 10 years in prison for second-degree burglary. He also was sentenced to 12 months on each of 14 misdemeanor charges, including 12 counts of voyeurism and one count each of receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools. The misdemeanor sentences are to run concurrently with the sentence on the felony burglary charge.

Grossman pleaded guilty to the charges in September as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors recommended that another second-degree burglary charge, three drug possession charges and a drug-paraphernalia possession count be dropped.

On Friday, Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark followed prosecutors' sentencing recommendations on the charges to which Grossman pleaded guilty.

Grossman will be eligible for parole after serving two years of his sentence. Attorney Fred Peters, who represents Grossman, said he will ask for shock probation.

Grossman, who is in his mid-50s, was arrested in mid-December 2009 after he tried to break into the Crescent Avenue home of several female UK students he had previously recorded in the nude, police said. While on bond, Grossman was charged with receiving stolen property for allegedly driving a stolen car. He was indicted by a grand jury in February.

Peters asked the judge for leniency, saying that Grossman was basically a first-time offender. Grossman's police record included only traffic violations before he was arrested, Peters said.

"I'm ashamed for my actions," Grossman told the judge. Grossman said he was embarrassed and was sorry for the embarrassment caused to his family.

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